The Boathouse at Kits Beach

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Overlooking the hottest beach in Vancouver -- The Boathouse on Kits Beach is a legendary spot to hang out both summer and winter. Join us on our heated, covered deck for year round patio dining, or in the bar and restaurant for the best view of the waterfront and Kits Beach action.

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The Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant has been specializing in fresh seafood from the West Coast of British Columbia and around the world since 1981. With stunning outdoor patios, fabulous west coast decor and spectacular views, The Boathouse is a favorite for locals and tourists.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday for the niece ...would be nice if Alice of cake was offered for b days on the actual day of

XF
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

H/H appies are great but a bit pricy. Same for H/H wine - 9oz house wine for 10.50!!!

Hope the expected new main menu in December will have better prices.

BC
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a great time at dinner for our family of four. Waiter was great and food well presented.

M
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Friendly staff, gorgeous view and extensive menu. It is a bit pricey but worth it. Noise level a little high as it is a family restaurant.
I would definitely go back.

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place for a special occasion.

CR
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Kitchen service was much slower than on previous occasions, not the fault of our server, though. Other tables that had been seated after us were served before us. The location, setting and view of English Bay and Kits Beach are lovely, so the prices reflect these attractions.

M
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Some congrats hostess station. Younger couple seated after us were seated at a table for 4 at the window We were not even though the table was open. Food was ok. Caesar salad was bland. Service was excellent.

KR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Went for an afternoon lunch with kids. Sat right away and then waited 20 plus minutes before order was taken. Waitress seemed flustered and dropped her pen twice while taking order and the juice glass my son was drinking out of had black stuff all inside it. The waitress was kind enough to offer a free dessert which we said no to (as we had a birthday to go to with cake) and she brought it anyway. Beautiful view but overall not going back anytime soon

V
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

We initially went into the bar area and had some appetizers. They were very tasty and were greatly enjoyed. We then went into the main dining area. Although it was cold on the windows we didn’t mind. The girls were great advising us they could give us blankets if needed. We then ordered the special steak and lobster dinner. We were at first disappointed as we had to ask for bread. Then when the meal came we were truly disappointed. The steak was very fatty...very poor quality (although cooked perfectly) and the lobster was rubbery. It was just a disappointment. My husband had also mentioned it was my birthday when booking reservations and there was no mention of this. We were disappointed in our evening and if we ever returned would only return for happy hour if that.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was awesome. Service was a bit slow.

PD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 5

Very beautiful view, but very expensive and the vegan burger is not good.

T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Restaurant is very nice. Location and view is great.
Food: Coconut shrimp and oysters very good. Nice to have bread included. Drinks we had Caesar and mojito. Caesar was ok/good. Mojito was too sweet. Entrees we had seafood chop salad and Ravioli. Chop salad was bad, the salmon was so overcooked and salad was very bland. Ravioli was very good, quite rich but so much better than the salad.
Service: very bad, our server would ask us about food just took orders.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 5

The shrimp was terrible the share platter was a huge bowl of gross dip surrounded by deep fried bar food
But the worst was the waiter REEKED of cigarettes
Our bill was over $200 tiny portions as well
Definately will never go back!!

MH
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at the Boathouse! Friendly staff, great fine food and lovely view!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The view is beautiful, the food isn’t worth the price . Next time I have company in town I’ll take them to blue water cafe for food , and take them somewhere after for a view

A
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very loud - bad acoustics. Everyone has to shout to be heard. The food was decent, not exceptional. Service was good. We fortunately got seated just as the sun was going down, but while we were waiting for our table it was difficult because the sun was shining directly in the windows and very glaring. So if you go before sunset, wear sunglasses. They don't have shades on the windows, as the view is the selling point. It was fine once the sun went down, still light enough to see the view.

S
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I always enjoy going to the Boathouse as it is a beautiful venue with the big glass windows facing the beach and mountains offering a spectacular view of our city. It's also spacious so guests don't feel cramped at their tables. The servers are friendly and accommodating.

RW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Boathouse at Kits Beach is an awesome restaurant. It brings our West Coast lifestyle to your dinner table. This time we had a visitor from Sendai Japan joining us who loved the location, the ambiance and of course, the service (Marita) and the food and wine.

J
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great location for my family and our guest, a senior, who loved the location and the care given to her and us, in general. Thanks Boathouse staff - and esp. to our server - whose name I have forgotten, but who was exceptional. Please look her up from our meal on Sunday night (table of 5 and one senior with a walker) and commend her for a job well done.

AJ
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Service was top notch! Seating was awkward as it felt we were having dinner with 2 other families. Food was excellent. Had the filet mignon and the potatoes were amazing. It was very loud but overall a great time.

AV
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Very noisy place, Friday night, maybe other days better. Food so so, nothing special, would not go back. Cafeteria quality

T
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

great location and great idea to give a reduced starter to Bard goers
Will come again next year and probably before

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's very nice view. The steak and the lobster deal is really good 👍🏻and it tastes great 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Service was poor, generally inattentive. Dirty appetizer plates remained on the table until after our departure. Had to refill our own wine glasses and never got asked if we wanted dessert. Empty dinner plates only picked up when we finally decided to request the check so we could leave. Week night birthday celebration where the food was okay but where the staff made it not worthwhile.

TC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Salmon was over cooked and dry

EA
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great food.
Enjoyable dining experience

AM
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We are regulars but our request for an outside table was not acknowledged, even though we included our request in the open table notes section. We live in Kits and come all year round - not just in the good weather.

LR
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous sunset on a warm summer night on the patio overlooking Pacific Ocean and kitsilano beach with steak & lobster!

MF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely place. Great food and great sunsets each time I’ve been there.

L
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated at the patio. Great seevice, very attentive waiter and excellent food. Looking forward already to our next visit!

M
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food and drinks are overpriced for what you get both in terms of quality and quantity - the location and view are the main reason to go there and why you pay more.

Service was fine and so was the food (although again, overpriced!) but the kitchen messed up our order, then took forever to send the right dish. The manager addressed this by giving us a generous discount on our bill, but when there’s four of you and it’s a special occasion, it’s not the bill that counts but the overall experience. In this case, it really fell short of expectations.

P
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fantastic view, delicious food, always reliable. Washrooms on a busy night can get very messy

JR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was attentive, kind, and pleasant. Everything came on time. I even got a special birthday cake slice. The view by the window is stunning! The ahi tuna was delicious and plentiful.

TD
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The waiter was very good. View was spectacular. Menu offerings were varied, but the menu card itself was bland (suggest add colour e.g. light green for the salad section, red for the meat and seafood section, etc.

m
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice view and amazing seafood chowder. Mocha ice cream pie is always my favorite too.

A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I made reservations for a window seat and notified in advance there will be a stroller but was not provided. Hostess was very unhelpful and unwelcoming. When we arrived, we were ushered to the patio. I asked for a window seat and not patio. We were then left standing wondering what is going to happen when the waitress went off. I saw her later on standing and chatting with someone else. Then, some tables were rearranged for us at the last minute. It was still not a window seat and we had to awkwardly maneuver our stroller. I there was a table available two tables over but that was reserved already and the party was late. We were on time and our table wasn't ready. Why? Thankfully the waitress was delightful and made up for the awkward and frustrating beginning of our evening there.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing table with a wonderful view. The food was great and the server was efficient but unobtrusive

MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

All items on my plate tasted the same and were cooked in sesame oil. Huge spiderwebs above all tables were disgusting and windows dirty. Service wS slow and would not recommend.

PK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning views and exceptional staff.

ML
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I had a mix feeling about the staffs there. The receptionist was blank face and appeared lethargic but the initial server as well as the late server were friendly. The food, in general, was ok. The best about this restaurant was the view overlooking English Bay.

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